REI Promotes Company Officers Eric Artz and Susan Viscon

Artz Now Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; Viscon Named Senior Vice President of Merchandising

Aug 21, 2014

Leading national outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI promoted Eric Artz, chief financial officer (CFO), to the additional role of chief operating officer (COO), and Susan Viscon, vice president of Merchandising, to senior vice president of Merchandising. Artz and Viscon are part of the company’s corporate officer team.

“Eric and Susan are highly-regarded leaders at REI and across the outdoor industry for their deep business knowledge, strategic vision and solid values,” said Jerry Stritzke, REI president and CEO. “They, like the rest of our leadership team, are making great strides in furthering our growth through compelling brand narratives, great products and memorable experiences for existing and future co-op members and customers.”

Eric Artz, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Eric Artz, CFO, is taking on additional responsibility as COO. He will retain the CFO role. He now has oversight for the company’s Digital Retail division and continued leadership of the Finance, Information Technology, Real Estate, Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy divisions.

A retail and outdoor industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Artz joined REI in 2012 as CFO. He was most recently CFO at Urban Outfitters and spent many years with VF Outdoor and VF Contemporary Brands in both financial and operational roles.

Susan Viscon, Senior Vice President of Merchandising
Susan Viscon has been promoted to senior vice president of Merchandising. In her expanded role, the company’s Merchandising and Private Brands divisions have been united to deliver customers the best in product through award-winning REI-branded products and continued partnership with vendor brands.

Viscon joined REI in 1997. Over the past 17 years, she has held a variety of roles in Merchandising from inventory analyst to general merchandising manager. She was named vice president of Merchandising earlier this year.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 167 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.